London Overground surpass pre-pandemic passenger journey numbers

Latest monthly journey numbers across Transport for London show London Overground surpassing journeys in 2019.

The Greater London Authority reveal monthly usership of buses, tube, LO, DLR, TfL Rail (now including Elizabeth line), trams and even the dangleway.

DLR at Greenwich

Monthly data stretching back a decade starkly shows the hit caused by the pandemic, with most forms of transport still someway below 2019.

Numbers in recent months would also have been impacted by strike action and altered transport methods, with LO is the only form of transport above 2019 levels.

Elizabeth line

TfL Rail of course is also above that is hardly like for like with the advent of Elizabeth line services. There’s also the question of how accurately they are being measured with many gatelines shared with other modes of transport.

Abbey Wood station

I recently covered the first month’s usage at every station and some figures were clearly wrong.

In 2019 TfL Rail saw 4.6 million journeys in the fourth month of the financial year. In 2022 it was 11.6 million. A substantial increase from 2021 when it was 2.8 million.

The impact of Elizabeth line on DLR passengers numbers has compounded decreased journeys generally and caused a reduction from 2019, though it’s still above 2021 levels at 6.5 million compared to 5.4 m last year.

The cable car is above most prior years including 2019, though is but a tiny fraction of overall London journeys at 130,000 a month.

Bus near Lewisham station

Bus trips are comfortably down on pre-pandemic numbers though again above 2021.

It’s the same with the tube.

Trams are stable year on year but down on 2019.



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